Four migrants charged with killing Polish man in France
PR dla Zagranicy
Two African and two Middle Eastern migrants have been formally accused of killing a Polish man after his delivery van ploughed into a truck in a pileup caused by a road block in France.
The shell of the van in which a Polish driver died near Calais, France. Photo: EPA/Guy Drollet.
Two people from Afghanistan and two minors from Eritrea have been charged with creating a traffic hazard by placing tree stumps on a highway not far from the northern French city of Calais on Tuesday morning. The suspects claim they are innocent.
Five other individuals, four Eritrean minors and an Ethiopian youth have also been detained in relation to the crash.
Three trucks came to a sudden stop and the Polish van slammed into them, bursting into flames and killing the driver.
Last October, French authorities cleared the Calais “Jungle”, a shanty town built by some 7,000 migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, Sudan and Eritrea, who were seeking to cross the English Channel to the UK.
The migrants have been known to frequently set up roadblocks on the highway in the hope of stopping passing vehicles headed for Britain for long enough to hide as stowaways. (vb/pk)